Note: I’m still looking for a new name for this blog. I’ve got an idea in my mind, but I’m not ready to commit. Other ideas are welcome! “Only Slightly Unhinged” has become a reproach to me, and I hope to be rid of it soon.
Resolution #2: Media Diet
I am not going on a media fast. I’ve been down that road before and I was not successful. The problem could be that I lack self-control, as I most certainly do. But for a number of reasons, I am just not motivated to give up media (radio, TV, movies, internet) entirely. Some Christians have built careers preaching the evils of TV and movies, but I’ve never been among the culture rejecters. I’ve also tried not to go to the other extreme of being a culture glutton. Aaaannnnd I seem to be losing a little ground, to be honest. I’ve become a bit of a culture glutton over the past year. It’s cable, I tell you. Well, that and wireless internet. These are both recent acquisitions for us, and they have made moderation in all things electronic more of a challenge. One of the odd side effects is that while I’m watching more TV and browsing more stuff on the internet, I’m seeing less things that I really want to see. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve read more blogs, but less books. I’ve also seen fewer movies in the last year than is typical, even as I’ve watched more TV. My viewing has become indiscriminate rather than intentional.
No more, I tell you. That’s why I’m planning, starting today, to go on a Media Diet. I want to cut down on the hours I’m looking at a screen, and I want to be more deliberate about what I do watch. A few well chosen blogs, a few favorite TV shows, time left for books and movies I really want to see – and perhaps I’ll find more time other things as well. Like exercise. But let’s not get crazy. The point right now is just to take back control of this part of my life. There are many implications to this plan, but I can tell you at least one: no more episodes of “Toddlers in Tiaras”.